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by maestrob
Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music unfamiliar to me
Replies: 11
Views: 185

Re: Music unfamiliar to me

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/31VP8EQ7HPL.jpg The above image is of the CD issue of a performance led by Eve Queler in Carnegie Hall, recorded live. It's an outstanding performance which received a 25 minute standing ovation (I was there): I've never heard anything quite like it....
by maestrob
Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 33
Views: 625

Re: Is the piano recital dying

Hi, barney! That set is actually from recordings made in Carnegie Hall as early as the 1940's on acetate discs, beautifully restored, and features complete transcriptions starting in the 1950's from tapes, all recorded live, up through the 1970's. It's an astonishing wealth of material: grab a copy ...
by maestrob
Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3766
Views: 257079

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51ql5eXdjdL.jpg Les Siecles and their founding conductor, Francois-Xavier Roth, have been deeply researching music and the performance practices of it from around the turn of the last century for some time now, and they have turned in some excellent ...
by maestrob
Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 33
Views: 625

Re: Is the piano recital dying

Actually, the younger Horowitz is when he was at his best, Belle. YOu should try his Sony set of live recitals in Carnegie Hall, during which he tackled a wide repertoire with considerable success.

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by maestrob
Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prodigies
Replies: 17
Views: 430

Re: Prodigies

Who said myth? Of course this condition exists, in fact 60 minutes did a segment in the recent past about just such people. I'm not disputing that at all! :) Having grown up with my brother, such people do not disturb me as much as they do others, I imagine.
by maestrob
Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prodigies
Replies: 17
Views: 430

Re: Prodigies

As the brother of a severely autistic man (now deceased) I would heartily agree with Ricordanza on this. Her social interactions during the interview were very normal. As for the accents, I'd say she is still developing her public persona and is experimenting with options. Nothing "idiote-savante" a...
by maestrob
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3766
Views: 257079

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51kZrfX-jYL._SS500.jpg Not that I think this 2-disc set needs any further publicity from yours truly, but Trifonov is a wonder, full of sparkle and depth of meaning with technique to burn. This young man is indeed a star, easily comparable to, say, B...
by maestrob
Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3766
Views: 257079

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81xEVXkie1L._SX522_.jpg Franz Konwitschny founded the Eterna record label in the late 1950's to record and issue his interpretations of Brahms, Beethoven and Schumann in the then technologically advances stereo format. This Brahms I is one of his mos...
by maestrob
Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein challenged on Beethoven
Replies: 19
Views: 673

Re: Bernstein challenged on Beethoven

As you say, JohnF, the congruence between HIP tempi in Beethoven & Brahms and Toscanini's interpretation may be mere coincidence, but I still say Toscanini started the whole evolution of musical thought that manifests itself in today's modern performances. We'll just have to agree to disagree on how...
by maestrob
Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Reformation
Replies: 43
Views: 1164

Re: The Reformation

It is very nice that the Evangelical (Lutheran) Church and the Roman Catholic Church in Germany now get along very well, a fact of which I have some personal experience, but all of this is an ingenious evasion of what is still an essential difference between them. If the two denominations want to g...
by maestrob
Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mateusz Borowiak - Three Recital NY Debut
Replies: 3
Views: 266

Re: Mateusz Borowiak - Three Recital NY Debut

Thanks! I just ordered the Soler through amazon. Will post a review when I get it. Appreciate the recommendation.
by maestrob
Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mateusz Borowiak - Three Recital NY Debut
Replies: 3
Views: 266

Re: Mateusz Borowiak - Three Recital NY Debut

Hi, Donald! :)

Are there any published recordings we can buy?
by maestrob
Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein challenged on Beethoven
Replies: 19
Views: 673

Re: Bernstein challenged on Beethoven

As usual, JohnF, you got me wrong. You're not a musician, you're an intellectual, so you don't understand the connection between Toscanini and today's HIP practices. I was talking about tempo, and Toscanini was the pioneer in going back to the original tempo in Beethoven and other composers (Brahms,...
by maestrob
Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein challenged on Beethoven
Replies: 19
Views: 673

Re: Bernstein challenged on Beethoven

That's my point, though I stated it in a foggy way. There was such a thing as "the composer's original intention," which was what Toscanini was aiming for. The term HIP didn't come into common use until after that Bernstein interview, but, in retrospect, I perceive Toscanini as the godfather of the ...
by maestrob
Tue Oct 31, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein challenged on Beethoven
Replies: 19
Views: 673

Re: Bernstein challenged on Beethoven

As soon as I heard that fellow say the drop-dead gorgeous Max Schell (born in Vienna) was a "German actor" I worried about his credibility, but I believe you're right. He does make a compelling case against Bernstein. What remains enigmatic is why Bernstein persisted with this thinking, as I've see...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Emanuel Feuermann, on film
Replies: 3
Views: 263

Re: Emanuel Feuermann, on film

Thank you, John, for posting that treasure. For those who are interested, it's available from amazon.

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by maestrob
Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein challenged on Beethoven
Replies: 19
Views: 673

Re: Bernstein challenged on Beethoven

From where I sit, I half-way agree with you, but I have to say that Bernstein's interpretations were very carefully thought through, with deep introspection and careful attention to detail, at least while he was in NY. Also, watching him conduct the Vienna Philharmonic in Mahler's Symphonies during ...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3766
Views: 257079

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51TWsvc8rEL._SS500.jpg Alexander Melnikov is not just another Russian pianist that is in great demand throughout the world. He is a consummate artist with depth and feeling few pianists of today can muster. This, his first recording, dating from Janu...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein challenged on Beethoven
Replies: 19
Views: 673

Re: Bernstein challenged on Beethoven

Bernstein's lectures on the Young People's Concerts on TV were interesting: he knew how to hold an audience. OTOH, I have the Harvard lectures on VHS and watched most of them years ago. They were entertaining, but when Bernstein started grunting and groaning his way through Webern and Schoenberg, I ...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concerts in NYC - November 15-17?
Replies: 10
Views: 366

Re: Concerts in NYC - November 15-17?

Under no circumstances miss an opportunity to hear Trifonov live, if it is at all possible to get there. I've just been reading this: https://ww2.kqed.org/arts/2017/10/27/wunderkind-daniil-trifonov-takes-the-classical-music-world-by-storm/ I have his Liszt and Chopin albums sitting unopened on my s...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3766
Views: 257079

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71pQKTJKYLL._SX522_.jpg Simply put, this is great music-making. Sokolov doesn't do concertos any more, so these gems from Mozart & Rachmaninov must serve to satisfy our need to hear the great pianist recorded live in such repertoire. The Mozart #23 w...
by maestrob
Sun Oct 29, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concerts in NYC - November 15-17?
Replies: 10
Views: 366

Re: Concerts in NYC - November 15-17?

Looking forward to the review.......... :D
by maestrob
Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: TOMMASINI Loves Exterminating Angel
Replies: 1
Views: 234

Re: TOMMASINI Loves Exterminating Angel

He would. :mrgreen:

I heard the excerpts on NYC Arts a while ago. Not my cuppa.
by maestrob
Sat Oct 28, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ‘La Bohème’: Should Opera’s Most Beloved Classic Be Changed?
Replies: 10
Views: 411

Re: ‘La Bohème’: Should Opera’s Most Beloved Classic Be Changed?

Well, Zefirelli's staging of Boheme is still a hit: Why "fix" something that ain't broken???? Boheme is one of the standards, like Tosca, where the directions for the staging are contained in the music as much as in the stage directions. These two operas are money-makers for the MET and around the w...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3766
Views: 257079

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51HcQRpv35L.jpg Sergei Rachmaninoff was one of the XXth Century's finest composers, writing in a late Romantic style. These trios (the second composed on the death of Tchaikovsky) are two of his finest compositions, yet they are rarely performed due ...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3766
Views: 257079

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81yWI4wjItL._SX522_.jpg George Antheil, like other film composers of his generation (Korngold, Herrmann, Rosza, etc.) had concert hall ambitions. He wrote six good symphonies that have largely been neglected; he even withdrew two of them from publica...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: dolores claiborne nyco tobias picker
Replies: 2
Views: 232

Re: dolores claiborne nyco tobias picker

What a terrible subject for an opera: Yikes! Glad you enjoyed it though, Len. Looking forward to the review..... :D
by maestrob
Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tchaikovsky Symphonies #5 and #6
Replies: 22
Views: 728

Re: Tchaikovsky Symphonies #5 and #6

Excuse me! I thought you might be interested in other works using that odd meter, since you said the main thing you love about the Pathetique is its movement in 5/4 time. The Fifth also has an off-time slow movement, and I want to thank you, because I did not remember how beautiful it is. It cannot...
by maestrob
Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Drink to me only
Replies: 5
Views: 315

Re: Drink to me only

Schwarzkopf had a natural voice, as opposed to one that was built up technically. In the early 1980's, when I was learning about vocal technique by sitting in on others' voice lessons, Schwarzkopf also came into the studio to observe and let it be known that she would be teaching master classes in N...
by maestrob
Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tchaikovsky Symphonies #5 and #6
Replies: 22
Views: 728

Re: Tchaikovsky Symphonies #5 and #6

Sure, but Rachmaninoff wrote 3 excellent symphonies plus the Symphonic Dances, which is symphonic in length, plus his tone poem "The Isle of the Dead." As well, he wrote four piano concerti and 3 CDs of exquisite art songs (known as Romances in Russia). Don't forget his mini-opera Aleko and various...
by maestrob
Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tchaikovsky Symphonies #5 and #6
Replies: 22
Views: 728

Re: Tchaikovsky Symphonies #5 and #6

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by maestrob
Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tchaikovsky Symphonies #5 and #6
Replies: 22
Views: 728

Re: Tchaikovsky Symphonies #5 and #6

Len: Well, Tchaikovsky wrote operas that were successful and remain in the repertoire, but Rachmaninoff did write roughly 5 CDs worth of exquisite solo piano music, which I admire greatly. Brian but what about all the other stuff from Tchaikovsky-all those great concertos-the symphonies? Regards, L...
by maestrob
Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tchaikovsky Symphonies #5 and #6
Replies: 22
Views: 728

Re: Tchaikovsky Symphonies #5 and #6

Len: Well, Tchaikovsky wrote operas that were successful and remain in the repertoire, but Rachmaninoff did write roughly 5 CDs worth of exquisite solo piano music, which I admire greatly. Belle, since you admire Tchaikovsky's late symphonies, may I heartily recommend Gergiev/Vienna as well as Petre...
by maestrob
Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Geffen Hall Stumbles, Cincinnati Shows the Way
Replies: 6
Views: 342

Re: Geffen Hall Stumbles, Cincinnati Shows the Way

Louis Langree is a fine conductor of Mozart and French music, lively and sparkling. I, too, did not know that he's now leading Cincinnati, and am delighted to hear it. He has recorded (besides Mozart) Chausson, Berlioz & Franck, all in very fine readings. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/imag...
by maestrob
Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "What the composer wants"
Replies: 34
Views: 1001

Re: "What the composer wants"

Thanks, Mark, for returning us to the subject at hand. 8)
by maestrob
Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3766
Views: 257079

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71OvzkPUu%2BL._SX522_.jpg Rafal Blechacz is an artist new to these ears, and what a treat this album is! Devoted entirely to Bach, the disc includes many popular pieces, such as the Italian Concerto and the First Partita, played with sensitivity and ...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3766
Views: 257079

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71FBVnvgZNL._SX522_.jpg Ivan Fischer with his Budapest Festival Orchestra seem to be on a slow-motion mission to record Mahler's Symphonies, and that's fine by me! His recent Mahler IV was exquisitely crafted, and so is this new III, served up on two...
by maestrob
Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "What the composer wants"
Replies: 34
Views: 1001

Re: "What the composer wants"

Prokofiev's own recording of his now popular Concerto III is very different from what's in the score, especially when compared to Graffman/Szell, which is the first recording made in the modern style I heard when I was a teenager. Szell's interpretation has been emulated by many other conductor/pian...
by maestrob
Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ten things Lucy Worsley has learnt about opera
Replies: 2
Views: 297

Re: Ten things Lucy Worsley has learnt about opera

Thanks for that, Len. Very entertaining! :)
by maestrob
Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: London Times On Concert Hall Mess In New York
Replies: 7
Views: 440

Re: London Times On Concert Hall Mess In New York

The idea that NY is a "second-tier" orchestra is sheer nonsense: it's our current conductor who is second tier most of the time, although he has his moments of inspiration. Jaap Van Zweden may be too polite for some, but his recent recordings show that at least he knows how the music should go (I'm ...
by maestrob
Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 771

Re: Schumann

JohnF:

Well, I can only repeat myself in slightly a slightly different way: I admire Furtwangler's way with Schumann IV, even though I violently disagree with it. We've gone down this path before with Shostakovich V and Rostropovich among other conductors, so I don't see the need to belabor my point.
by maestrob
Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sad News Vincent La Selva
Replies: 1
Views: 268

Re: Sad News Vincent La Selva

Sad, sad news indeed. La Selva was my friend and mentor: I studied with him for six years at Juilliard. He taught me much of the standard repertoire, both operatic and symphonic, and encouraged me to begin my own vocal competition in Carnegie Hall. He was a demanding and generous teacher who knew al...
by maestrob
Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Don Carlos Paris
Replies: 7
Views: 382

Re: Don Carlos Paris

FWIW the Ricordi edition of the score has five acts in Italian, the Schirmer has only four.
by maestrob
Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Badura-Skoda
Replies: 24
Views: 1248

Re: Paul Badura-Skoda

Lance, if this were my situation I would go to "My Orders" on amazon, find the order, and request a refund because the item was not received or signed for by you. I'm just saying.......
by maestrob
Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 771

Re: Schumann

Szell's complete set of Schumann symphonies are favorites of mine, all four. Szell actually rescored the winds to fit the wider range of modern instruments, and IIRC may have touched up the brass as well. Anyway, I didn't know that when I got the set as a teenager, and have enjoyed them since then a...
by maestrob
Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 771

Re: Schumann

When I think of Schumann, I first think of his Symphonies, of which the Rhenish (III) was my first acquaintance. It wasn't until Solti recorded them in Vienna that I was completely satisfied with a complete set, and that set is still my benchmark to this day, although Abbado made an extraordinary re...
by maestrob
Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Badura-Skoda
Replies: 24
Views: 1248

Re: Paul Badura-Skoda

Lance:

Wow! I had that happen to me twice with amazon, and I live in a doorman building in Manhattan! I must say that I waited 2 weeks from the supposed "delivery" date, and wrote amazon an email: they credited my account immediately for both items.
by maestrob
Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Don Carlos Paris
Replies: 7
Views: 382

Re: Don Carlos Paris

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I liked this one better: Alagna's voice is tailor-made for the role, as is Jose Van Dam. Exquisite singing all around, led by the extraordinarily musical Pappano.
by maestrob
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Neil Sedaka as classical pianist
Replies: 19
Views: 658

Re: Neil Sedaka as classical pianist

Speaking of crossover....... Nelson Riddle was IMHO the classiest arranger of popular songs in the business, as he proved in Sinatra's release of "Only the Lonely" in the early 1960's, and in his other work at the time with great pop stars of that age (see Rosemary Clooney, etc.). Riddle's last assi...